The story of orphan Anne Shirley will be told in the musical Anne of Green Gables, presented by Mars Hill Academy. The play opens March 23 for six performances that will be held at Mason Middle School, 6370 Mason-Montgomery Road. Shows are 7 p.m., March 23-24 and 29-30; with 2 p.m. matinees on March 24 and 31. pictured: Cast in Mars Hill Academy's production of Anne of Green Gables are: kneeling, from left: Megan Peterson, Cincinnati, cast as Jane Andrews and Jenna Jacques, of West Chester Township, as Ruby Gillis; top row, from left: Kathleen Brinkerhoff, Mason, playing Mrs. Spencer; Taylor Tinnin, Lebanon, as Diana Barry; Maddie DeBra, Loveland, as Anne Shirley; and Lexi Kilgore, Mason, as Marilla Cuthbert. Provided photo
The story of orphan Anne Shirley will be told in the musical Anne of Green Gables, presented by Mars Hill Academy.
The play opens March 23 for six performances that will be held at Mason Middle School, 6370 Mason-Montgomery Road. Shows are 7 p.m., March 23-24 and 29-30; with 2 p.m. matinees on March 24 and 31.
Students from Mars Hill Academy, a classical Christian school in Mason, have been double cast in the musical created by Cincinnati composers and playwrights Janes Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, based on Lucy Maude Montgomery’s book.
The play tells the story of talkative Anne – played by Maddi DeBra and Amanda White – who comes to live with unmarried siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert.
Although they had asked for a boy from the orphanage, Anne is allowed to stay with the Cuthbert’s in the farming community. There she and Matthew – a shy man – become friends.
Marilla – an austere woman who tries to subdue Anne’s imagination – has a hidden soft side brought out by her love of Anne.
Lexi Kilgore and Mary Waldy take on the role of Marilla Cuthbert while Wesley Braden and David Peters share the role of Matthew Cuthbert.
Anne’s friend Diana Barry is portrayed by Esther Cunningham and Taylor Tinnin. Anne’s classmate Gilbert Blythe is played by Luke Ahern and Tyler McQuinn while Talia Colvin and Katie Braden share the role of Rachel Lynde, a neighbor.
Other cast members and their roles are: Betsy Thistleton, Mrs. Barry; Kathleen Brinkerhoff, Mrs. Spencer; Leah Smith, Mrs. Blewitt; Brian Hall and Eric Camerer, Mr. Phillips
Taylor Robinette, doctor; Aedan Colvin and Josiah Kenniv, minister; Adam Camerer, station master; Megan ePterson and Faith Liebing, Jane Andrews; Anna Becker, Josie Pye
Jenna Jacques, Ruby Gillis; Anna Jones, Minnie Mae; Joe Thistleton, Moody Spurgeon; Evan Boone, Charlie Sloane; Evan Reese, Tommy Sloan; Nathan Williams, Ned Wright; Yukari Becker and Mariel Teigen, shop girl; and Lauren Williams and Anna Dudley, young Anne Shirley
Members of the adult ensemble are: Julianne Wonser, Jordan Bryant, Michelle Chu, Rebecca Cotterman, Dinda O’Brien, Abby Liebing, Tristan Admiraal, and Alex Johnson.
The student ensemble members are: Gillian Bryant, Grace Hall, Gracie Tamanko, Emma Grubb, Grace Waldy, Lauren Barnett, Claire Smith, Anna Edwards, Salome Palmer, Hudson Kubasek, John Thistleton and Will Braden.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Mars Hill Academy, 4210 Aero Dr., at the door, or online at www.marshill.edu.
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